A Prayer for My Sons, A Prayer for Me

This is a guest post by Thom S. Rainer. Thom is the author of the bestselling books, I Am a Church Member and Autopsy of a Deceased Church. His daily blog is ThomRainer.com. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

The year was 1985. My third son, Jess, was five months old. His older brothers, Sam and Art, were five and three years old respectively. My wife, Nellie Jo, and I were exhausted. She, in particular, seemed never to rest with the demands of being a stay-at-home mom to three preschool boys.

A Prayer for My Sons, A Prayer for Me by Thom Rainer - JackieBledsoe.com

I was sleeping little as well, dealing with the demands of being a full-time seminary student, serving as pastor of a small church, and working an additional thirty hours a week at a bank.

How To Resolve Sexual Intimacy Differences

Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe - Podcast Interview on The First Year Marriage Podcast
October 14, 2014

Marcus Kusi, host of The First Year Marriage Podcast contacted me about a month ago, and asked if me and Stephana would like to be interviewed for his new podcast. I said yes, but wasn’t sure what to expect.

I thought this could be interesting, or it could be disastrous! Our first year of marriage wasn’t ideal. Our marriage almost didn’t make it past the first year.

Our hope is that learning how we faced, almost succumbed to, but eventually overcame those early challenges will be helpful to you. We especially hope it encourages those of you who didn’t have the ideal start to your marriage.

Click here to listen to the podcast on The First Year Marriage Podcast.

St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar

St. Jude Research Hospital - Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend

Photo credit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

I’m excited to be a special guest of the amazing St. Jude Research Hospital at their Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar is an annual meeting that recongizes some of the top African-American St. Jude supporters, including: radio industry representatives, inspirational music artists, celebrities and corporate partners.

Join me by following my live tweets throughout the weekend.

Date: October 10, 2014—October 11, 2014
Event: St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend
Topic: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Sponsor: ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Venue: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location: 501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
Public: Private
More Info: Click here for more information.

The Greatest Way to Love Your Wife

I say “I love you” to my wife every single day, without fail. But I’m not sure my words always line up with my actions. If I’m completely honest with myself, I have to admit I have a ways to go when it comes to loving my wife the way she should be loved.

It’s much easier to say “I love you,” than it is to actually love her, not because she is unlovable, but because I simply fall short in this area. All of us do, but it doesn’t mean we stop trying to love our wives in the greatest way possible.

How Your Family Can Survive Without Cable TV

Several years ago we made the decision to cut the cable in our house. It’s probably been at least 7 years since we last had cable TV, and I’m happy we made the decision.

How your family can survive without Cable TV - Jackie Bledsoe | JackieBledsoe.com

When we first made our decision people looked at us funny when we said the words “we don’t have cable.” Now a family without cable TV is no longer such an anomaly. Many of our friends have also cut the cable, we even have friends that don’t even own a TV. I actually like that a lot!

“How to Invest in Your Marriage”
by The Retirement Answer Man

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The Retirement Answer Man
September 15, 2014

Roger Whitney, aka The Retirement Answer Man is a friend of mine and one of the guys in a mastermind I’m a part of. He’s spent the past two and a half decades helping people. Helping people manage, plan, and invest their money.

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He is the guy you go to when you have a retirement question. Yet his perspective on retirement may not be what you think. Roger feels some of the best advice he’s given over the years is to invest in your marriage.

He recently invited me to chat with him on his Retirement Answer Man podcast to discuss just that, how to best invest in you marriage.

What I Learned from Working with New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Hyatt

My guest post on MichaelHyatt.com
September 13, 2014

You get opportunities, and then you get OPPORTUNITIES. I received an email a couple months ago that immediately screamed OPPORTUNITY. It was from the assistant of New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt inviting me to meet him in Nashville to share my blogging and platform building story.

What I learned from working with Michael Hyatt

My story was featured in his video-series, I upgraded my web site, and many other opportunities have come as a result. I’ve learned a lot through it all, and Michael asked me to share these lessons by writing a guest post on his site. That post is live today, and I think it’ll be a blessing and source of encouragment for those who’ve reached a point of being stuck.

Click here to check out my guest post on MichaelHyatt.com.

My New Site and a FREE Gift for You!

Today, is the day! It’s Christmas in September for me. :) For the past month I’ve been working with Michael Hyatt and his Platform University team on some changes to my brand, my website, and my overall online platform.

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To say I’ve been feeling like a kid waiting on Christmas morning is the understatement of the year! I was up at 3:15am today. I’m excited, elated, and ecstatic to reveal my new site for you all to see!